The general director of exhibitions and companies in the Ministry of Commerce announced on Sunday that the ministry is preparing to build exhibition centres in all Iraqi provinces, in coordination with local governments or through investment projects that are similar to Baghdad International Fair.
Sadiq Hussain Sultan told AKnews that the ministry has large commercial sites in all governorates, adding that, "the ministry will work to create larger exhibition sites in all Iraqi provinces."
Iraq will build some centres itself, but will also enter into "contracts with investment companies to build global investment companies, especially in Basra, Dhi Qar and Wasit."
"The Ministry of Commerce can’t build typical exhibition centres on its own because of lack of financial allocations provided for them, which means that Iraq lacks these facilities"
The first session of Baghdad International Fair, was launched in 1964, but the participations have receded to only five countries, until the exhibition joined the membership of international exhibitions in 1971 to be then the host of the Arab and foreign countries.
The Baghdad International Fair, launched in 1964, resumed its activities two years ago with the participation of a number of the countries, after a break of six years following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.